March 8-11, 2003
We've had the most uncooperative weather ever in North Texas. When
it wasn't raining, it was humid, then it got cold. I had reached
a point on the painting where I didn't want to ruin the paint job
for lack of patience. So finally, this weekend, I got to resume
painting the wing details.
Last year, I had bought some paper specifically for masking at
the local Home Depot. It has worked great and will become a regular
part of my masking techniques.
While removing some of the masking paper, I discovered I hadn't
layered the sheets of the mask well and an area on the airframe
about two inches by one inch had a nasty black streak of Krylon
on it. This was a real heartbreaker that had a happy ending.
While thinking over (dreading) how I was going to touch this up,
I came up with a very lucky solution. As I had mentioned in my paint
section (at least I hope I did), the Dupli-Color paints seem to
be a little more chemically resistant than the Krylon or Rust-Oleum
paints. Both of these paints can be dissolved with alcohol. I had
never tested the Dupli-Color's resistance to alcohol, so now was
a good time to see what it would do. I found some test scraps painted
months ago and they held up well. I wiped away the mistake with
paper towel moistened with alcohol and immediately removed any lingering
alcohol with a dry paper towel. Whew!